Mancation to Marbella

The playboy lifestyle is on full display in Marbella, the playground of the rich and famous on Spain’s sun-drenched Costa del Sol. Fortunately it’s not necessary to be either rich or famous to enter into the hedonistic pursuits for which Marbella is renowned, and it makes the ideal place for men to indulge in some of their favorite activities.

Whether it’s a brief but intense stag weekend or a longer vacation with a group of friends, Marbella and its surrounding areas offer a multitude of opportunities to take part in sport and leisure pursuits.

Puerto Banús, Marbella, Costa del Sol, Spain

Puerto Banús, Marbella, Costa del Sol, Spain (Photography by Tomas Fano)

Set the heart racing

It’s many a man’s dream to get behind the wheel of a racing car and imagine they’re taking part in the Indy 500 or a Formula 1 Grand Prix event. In Marbella the dream can come true as a little over an hour away close to the beautiful town of Ronda is the Race Resort Ascari. It’s a private track where it’s possible for non-members of the club to take part at certain times and set the adrenalin pumping at the wheel of a stunning, state-of-the-art sports car.

A vacation can be planned to coincide with the Spanish Grand Prix that takes place at the Circuito de Jerez, also about an hour’s drive from Marbella. The city has a plethora of car clubs, from classic cars to the sleek, smooth Ferraris and Porsches. They have regular get-togethers, meeting up at Marbella landmarks before heading out for a tour. For car enthusiasts these are great opportunities to see some rare, vintage machines.

Anchors away!

Its coastal setting makes Marbella a dream destination for those who like messing about on boats. After some envious gazing at the many millionaires’ yachts in the harbor, it’s time to go out for a spot of deep-sea fishing, with the bonus that the catch can be eaten that night. Alternatively a leisurely cruise up the coast with good companions and plenty of beer makes for a great, relaxing outing.

Not surprisingly water sports are big in Marbella and there are a wide range of options to choose from. Water skiing and jet skiing are always popular, and kayaking, sailing and pedal boats can all be tried.

Those who want some more energetic fun can head to the water park and get wet on the speedy slides before cooling off poolside with a drink.

Adventure activities

Marbella is a paradise for those who like to stretch themselves or try out something new. There are opportunities to go abseiling, paintballing, quad biking, mountain biking, hiking and caving.

Accommodations and how to get there

There is a very wide range of accommodations in the city, from luxury villa rentals and five-star hotels to comfortable apartments and guest houses – it just depends how big the budget is.

Malaga airport is 30 miles from Marbella so it would be ideal to rent a car from the airport. Buses leave from Terminal 3 and take just under an hour to get to Marbella bus station, or alternatively there are plenty of taxis.

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